Doctor Who (2005– )
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Bad Wolf 

The TARDIS team is separated and forced to compete in twisted and deadly games on the Game Station.


Joe Ahearne


Russell T. Davies, Terry Nation (character: "The Daleks")

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Eccleston ... Doctor Who
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack
Jo Joyner ... Lynda
Jamie Bradley ... Strood
Abi Eniola Abi Eniola ... Crosbie
Davina McCall ... Davinadroid (voice)
Paterson Joseph ... Rodrick
Jenna Russell ... Floor Manager
Anne Robinson Anne Robinson ... Anne Droid (voice)
Trinny Woodall Trinny Woodall ... Trine-E (voice)
Susannah Constantine Susannah Constantine ... Zu-Zana (voice)
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Male Programmer (as Jo Stone Fewings)
Nisha Nayar ... Female Programmer
Dominic Burgess ... Agorax


After delivering Margaret the Slitheen to her home planet, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness awaken to find themselves as part of TV reality or game shows. The Doctor is in the Big Brother house; Rose is a contestant on the Weakest Link; and Captain Jack is on What Not to Wear. The only difference is that if you lose on this show, your are evidently eliminated - they take your life. The Doctor manages to escape and quickly realizes where they are: once again on Satellite 5, only this time 100 years beyond their last visit. The Doctor realizes that something has gone very wrong with Earth's development and believes something far more sinister and complex is going on when he learns the satellite is now know as Bad Wolf TV. He and Captain Jack race to find Rose but too late, he realizes that he must once again face his greatest enemy. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


The story was originally set 500 years after Doctor Who: The Long Game (2005). See more »


The Doctor claims the Daleks are hiding themselves from sonar. But sonar relies on sound waves, which can't travel through the vacuum of space. See more »


Captain Jack Harkness: [as The Doctor tries to patch into the computer system, Jack turns to Lynda and smiles, offering his hand] Hey there!
Lynda: [bright friendly smile] Hello.
Captain Jack Harkness: [as they shake hands] Captain Jack Harkness.
Lynda: Lynda Moss.
Captain Jack Harkness: Nice to meet you, Lynda Moss.
The Doctor: [not looking up, sounds annoyed] Do you mind flirting outside?
Captain Jack Harkness: [mildly defensive] I was just saying hello.
The Doctor: For you, that's flirting.
Lynda: [hand still linked with Jack's] I'm not complaining.
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The Weakest Link Theme
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Alert..Alert.....we are detected, near perfect episode.
12 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Firstly, my heart sank when I saw the recap of the Long Game, I thought please not a follow up to that, within 2-3 minutes I knew I was watching a classic. Bad Wolf is wonderfully imaginative, appealing on so many levels. I cannot find any faults with it, it's so quirky, slick and different from all that's gone before. It has a truly epic feel to it, ten years on and it's still arguably the best cliffhanger to feature in Nu Who, huge arguments for. It's insanely good.

The Doctor is in Big Brother, Rose is on the Weakest link and Captain Jack was being undressed by Trinny and Susannah, how random. What on Earth is going on at Satellite 5, and why do the games all have a very dark side? The Doctor's actions in the Long Game was the start of a hundred years of misery, Lynda makes the Doctor realise that was when it all went wrong. Rose is killed by the Anne-Droid, the daleks are unmasked, surprising as we were lead to believe they were gone.

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